Studying more than one subject at the University
By choosing to study two subjects, you will gain an outstanding depth and breadth of knowledge. If you are on a joint degree, your time will roughly be split equally between the two subjects and what you learn in one subject complements and enhances what you learn in the other. If you are doing a Major/Minor degree, you study a core area in depth (your major subject), while also exploring an additional area (your minor subject).).
Academic support for your studies
All students will have a Personal Tutor who is there to provide you with personal support, advice and guidance who will be in the department for your Major and usually for the first subject for your Joint degree. Your Personal Tutor should be the first point of contact for anything related to your studies and you should meet with them regularly. However, if you have specific questions relating to modules taken in your other department, you might find it helpful to contact a tutor on that module.
Most departments will also have a nominated academic advisor for students who are doing joint or Major/Minor degrees: you should ask in either department or check your handbooks for more information. You can also contact the course administration staff in your school/departmental offices.
Planning your work
Although departments will make every effort to co-ordinate deadlines for handing in assessed work and scheduling exams, you may have more conflicting deadlines than students studying one subject. In addition to direct academic support provided by your department and personal tutor, Student Learning Development provide a range of resources to help you manage your time and your studies more effectively.
One of the advantages of working across different subjects is the chance to develop your ability to communicate in different ways and for different audiences. Getting to grips with the differences between essays, reports, reflective portfolios etc. is therefore key to your academic progress. Student Learning Development provide resources and guidance on some of the key differences between different styles of writing.
Referencing – departmental differences
When you are writing an essay, report, dissertation or any other form of academic writing, your own thoughts and ideas inevitably build on those of other writers, researchers or teachers. It is essential that you acknowledge the sources (such as books and journal articles) on which you have drawn by including references to, and full details of, them in your work. Different subjects use different styles for referencing sources. You may, therefore, find that both of your subjects use different referencing styles, and it is important that you use the correct ones for each subject. Visit the library website for information on the referencing styles recommended for use by your academic departments.
By studying two different subjects, whether as a joint degree or a Major/Minor combination, you will gain multiple perspectives, whilst pursuing your interests and passions. You will also develop interdisciplinary knowledge and a number of transferable skills, which will help you broaden your academic and professional horizons. By demonstrating your ability to think differently and across disciplines, you will expand your potential career opportunities. Employers tell us that they want candidates who can demonstrate flexibility, versatility and possess multi-disciplinary skills – these will make you a stand out candidate in the recruitment process.
Opportunities to study abroad or do a year in industry are usually available to you through your Major subject. To explore this further, contact your first department to find out what is available. Studying abroad is a unique chance to travel and experience other cultures and lifestyles whilst still in higher education and can also enhance your career opportunities. Our Erasmus Programme allows you to spend a year or semester abroad in Europe.
Our award-winning Career Development Service will help you to make the most of your time at Leicester and to get to where you want to go afterwards. Start your Career Development Journey with tailoring your profile on MyCareers, our events and appointments portal, where you can also find many job and internship opportunities.
We have a number of students who have completed or are currently completing joint subject degrees with us. You can read about their experiences here.
Support and advice
There is a lot of support and advice available to help you with your degree at the University. Find out more about the support available here.